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Significant pandemic milestones:

  • February 21st: Likely transfer of coronavirus from a teacher (who had traveled to Europe)  to Panama's first coronavirus death victim (Norato González); Click Here
  • March 3rd: Resolution passed raising national alert level regarding coronavirus epidemic; Click Here
  • March 8th: First confirmed coronavirus death (Norato González) in Panama; Click Here
  • March 9th: First confirmed case of coronavirus in Panama; not the date of case arrival in Panama, but the date the coroniavirus link was confirmed; Click Here
  • March 12th: President Cortizo declares a a national state of emergency; Click Here
  • March 15th: Certain business hours regulated, elective surgeries and routine medical consults suspended; Click Here
  • March 15th: Several provinces invoke a "dry law" (banning sales of alcoholic beverages) and implementing curfews; Chiriqui Province included; Click Here
  • March 15th: Foreigners banned from entering Panama; Click Here
  • March 17th: Countrywide curfew (9:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 22nd: All commercial flights into and out of Panama suspended; Click Here
  • March 23rd: Countrywide curfew (5:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 25th: Countrywide quarantine with restricted mobility mandated; sales of alcoholic beverages banned; Click Here
  • May 11th: Effective date of lifting the ban on the sales of alcoholic beverages; Click Here
  • May 13th: The gradual reopening of certain categories of business; Click Here
  • May 18th: People are authorized to leave their homes to exercise outdoors, but on a short lease; Click Here
  • June 1st: Quarantine lifted, but a 7:00PM to 5:00AM curfew is in effect; Click Here
  • June 3rd: Hardware stores reopen with limited hours; Click Here
  • June 6th and June 8th: Curfew/mobility restrictions elevated for Panama, Panama Oeste, and Veragaus regions; Click Here and Click Here
  • July 25th: Full weekend quarantine (lockdown) re-implemented for Panama; Click Here
  • July 27th: More restrictive mobility constraints including gender restrictions re-implemented, including Chiriqui Province; Click Here and Click Here
  • August 14th: Tocumen International Airport begins to open up to limited flights; Click Here
  • August 17th: Some "Block 3" businesses will be permitted to start operations; Click Here
  • September 14th: Relaxation of mobility constraints for all but three provinces; Chiriqui, Colon, and Bocas del Toro constraints continue; Click Here

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On the matter of relaxation of the mobility constraints, i.e, curfews, lockdown, etc., effective September 14th

Moderator comment: A new presidential level Executive Decree No. 1078 was issued on Friday, September 11th, 2020, focusing on relaxation of the mobility constraints. Below is a copy of that two page decree (in Spanish). Given the difficulty in capturing the editable text and then translating it, this posting will focus on the impact of life in Chiriqui. The operative paragraphs with respect to Chiriqui are at the top of page 2.

In essence, beginning on Monday, September 14th, the new curfew hours will be 11:00PM until 5:00AM of the next morning for Mondays through Saturdays, with the exception of three provinces, specifically Bocas del Toro, Chiriqui, and Colon.  For Bocas del Toro, Chiriqui, and Colon, the currently existing curfew of Monday through Thursday from 7:00PM until 5:00AM of the next morning remains in effect, and a total lockdown from Friday beginning at 7:00PM until Monday morning at 5:00AM also remains in effect.

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Get used to the weekend lockdowns.  My contact told me before Easter that Panama would be locking down the weekends. THEN, the notices from the US Embassy said, if you go back and read them, satu

That is recklessly false.  Right now there are two cruise ships where all passengers are quarantined.  Given how rotovirus spreads in a cruise ship environment, those ships are not a good place to be,

All of these efforts might slow the spread of the virus, but I don't see how it's going to stop it.  You can definitely have the virus and not be showing any symptoms.  Screening at airports or other

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Air conditioning collapse forces transfer of ICU patients

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Posted 12/09/2020

Intensive care patients in an  Azuero  hospital, which was the regional center for the treatment of  Covid-19  victims, were transferred to the Santo Tomas Hospital and the Social Security Fund Complex in Panama on Saturday   September 12   on when the air conditioning system collapsed. The Anita Moreno Regional hospital, is in Los Santos.

Panama reached 100,330 accumulated cases of Covid-19 on Friday, with 615 new infections, and 2,140 deaths (13 new).

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/air-conditioning-collapse-forces-transfer-of-icu-patients

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22 coronavirus cases in one residential building

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Posted 13/09/2020

Overcrowding is compounding the fight against COVID-19 and Health authorities of Parque Lefevre found more than 20 people with coronavirus in a residence during a tracing mission on  Saturday, September  12.

Neighbors colloquially call the area of Panama Viejo "the mousetrap" because of the number of small rooms and subdivided houses, in which dozens of people live.

In one where 52 people live, there were 22 cases of COVID-19, especially in children.

One man who lives there and constantly roamed the streets refused to be tested. With police assistance, he was removed to a hospital hotel for quarantine and  treatment.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/22-coronavirus-cases-in-one-residential-building

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Continued vigilance as lifting of mobility rules means  more cases

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Posted 13/09/2020

The lifting of mobility rules on Monday, September 14  will allow men and women to circulate freely after months of restrictions but will also mean an increase in new COVID-19 cases says Israel Cedeño, director of the Metropolitan Health Region,  who affirmed that it will be important to continue to comply with health regulations to o contain the advance of the virus.

“Obviously we are going to have more cases. The key is for the population to continue collaborating with us, to continue raising awareness” Cedeño said this Sunday, September 13, on a  traceability tour of Tocumen township.

The government began a gradual schedule of actions and opening of activities on the way to a “new normal” on September and on  Monday, the restriction of mobility by gender will end.

The curfew is now in effect from 11:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday.

 Total quarantine remains in place on Sundays.

"Obviously we are going to have more people on the streets, what we hope is that the population will continue working on their self-care to guarantee collective care," Cedeño, said.

Cedeño said that in the last 21 days here have been openings and more mobility of people on the street, but cases have been falling- a reflection of the work of the traceability teams.

"I have always said, the problem is not that there are a thousand people on the street, it is that two of them do not comply," he emphasized.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/continued-vigilance-as-lifting-of-mobility-rules-means-more-cases

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Metro subway announces  new operating hours

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Posted 13/09/2020

Following the lifting of mobility restrictions by gender, Panama Metro has announced its new operating schedule.

 From Monday, September 14 the trains will run from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm  Monday to Friday

On Saturdays, it will be from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays closed due to quarantine.

The  stations will continue to operate regularly, and entrance controls will continue through the turnstile area to guarantee 40% of the capacity of the trains.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/metro-subway-announces-new-operating-hours

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Official transporting beer in Assembly car during lockdown

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Posted 13/09/2020

An official of the National Assembly driving an official vehicle of the entity carrying was caught circulating in the Villa del Carmen neighborhood, located in the La Herradura sector, La Chorrera district, in a car of the entity and with alcoholic beverages (beers) inside.

" Neither the car nor the driver belongs to the regional Health Zone of Panama Oeste, but to  the Legislative Body ", Kevin Cedeño, director of the Regional Department of the Ministry of Health ( Minsa)

Cedeño reported that the official resides in La Chorrera, and was approached by police officers at about 1:30 pm on  Sunday. He added The man carried the beers hidden inside the trunk of the car.

Asked  about the sanction that will be imposed on the official, Cedeño said that he should sit down to make the consultation with his legal advisor, but " The sanction will be very strict and exemplary, " he stressed

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/official-transporting-beer-in-assembly-car-during-lockdown

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Polémico toque de queda cambia a partir de hoy; van más de 74 mil personas retenidas

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13 sep 2020 - 10:47 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/polemico-toque-de-queda-cambia-a-partir-de-hoy-van-mas-de-74-mil-personas-retenidas/

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Subject: Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (September 14, 2020)
 

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (September 14, 2020)    

      

Event:  Changes to Movement Restrictions Beginning September 14

  

On August 25, the Government of Panama announced plans to reduce movement restrictions and open up additional economic sectors, starting on September 7.  The plan is conditional upon meeting certain criteria regarding the control of the COVID-19 pandemic in Panama.   

  

On September 7 the Government of Panama opened the following economic sectors:  Construction and related activities (engineers, architects, project managers, contractors, moving services), Panama Pacifico, Colon Free Zone and other free trade zones, private ship docks and sports fishing, tailor shops, shoe shops, and carwashes will resume operations.  

 

On September 14, the following changes in movement restrictions will be implemented:  Gender-based movement restrictions are lifted and ‘salvoconductos’ become null and void, except for those occupations that require movement during curfew hours. Curfew will be from 11pm to 5am, Monday through Saturday, with Sunday as a day of total quarantine in all provinces except for Bocas del Toro, Colon, and Chiriqui, where curfew will be from 7pm to 5am Monday through Friday, with a total quarantine on Saturday and Sunday. 

 

For additional details about the plan, visit the website of the Ministry of the Presidency.  

  

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Assistance:   

  

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama   

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue   

Clayton, Panama   

+507 317-5000   

Panama-ACS@state.gov    

https://pa.usembassy.gov/  

    

State Department – Consular Affairs   

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444   

  

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.   

  

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding humanitarian flights.

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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (September 14, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (September 14,  2020)   

    

Location: Panama   

    

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights   

    

The Embassy has identified two upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.   

   

The upcoming humanitarian flights are:  

  

  • September 18 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:25 a.m.  

  • September 25 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:25 a.m.  

  

Copa Airlines also confirmed that they will offer seats on multiple flights that transit through Panama as part of Panama’s new “Humanitarian Hub”.  Please check directly with Copa for these flight itineraries and availability.   

  

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Copa or United. Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations. Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings.  

  

The Embassy shares information on all confirmed humanitarian flights, but flight reservations and operations are controlled by the airlines themselves.  The Embassy is not involved in flight scheduling.  Due to the frequently-changing travel environment as a result of COVID-19, planned flights may be changed or cancelled.  In such cases, passengers should follow-up directly with the airline to rebook.  

      

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov so that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.  You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight.  Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.    

    

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.   

   

Assistance:      

    

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama    

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue    

Clayton, Panama    

+507 317-5000    

Panama-ACS@state.gov     

https://pa.usembassy.gov/     

    

State Department – Consular Affairs    

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444     

    

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.     

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Health workers lack supplies as government grossly  overcharged

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Posted 14/09/2020

While medical personnel battling the coronavirus pandemic in hospitals, health centers and on the streets continue to complain of equipment shortages a media investigation reveals another insider purchasing scandal with over 85% of the $71.4 million assigned to the Social Security Fund (CSS) for the purchase of surgical medical supplies was assigned to a single contractor.

Businessmen and civic groups are asking for an "urgent" investigation into the selection process.

Meditech International. got a  $61.3 million plum contract and a La Prensa investigation revealed that purchases were made at expensive prices. For example, a non-sterile general-purpose gown, offered at a price starting from $2.50 a unit, went for  $8.76 each.

The decision comes from the joint purchasing table of the CSS and the Health Ministry, in which the Ministry of the Presidency also participates.

On July 9, La Prensa requested - through the Transparency Law - information from the CSS on the benefited companies, but there was no response.

Meanwhile, while claims of health personnel persist. The Minister of Health, Luis Sucre , announced that he had appointed a commission to investigate, but, when asked who makes it up, he did not respond.

The government allocated $133.8 million in  July to acquire medical, surgical, laboratory supplies and essential medicines to combat Covid-19 through a joint institutional purchasing table that which by law must be a matter of public domain but remain hidden

The limited information published reveals the purchase of items and supplies at prices that are well above those offered by other companies, a fact that harms the State reports La Prensa.

For example, the joint table bought 2,625,000 non-sterile general use gowns. The lowest price offered ranged from $2.50 to $3 each, but they were purchased for  $8.76 each. This represents the disbursement of about $23 million when they could have been acquired for between $6.6 million and $7.9 million.

Another purchase was 1, 440,000 protective coveralls with. the lowest price offered at $16.50 each but bought at $20.80 per unit. The disbursement will be $34 million instead of $23.8 million offered by another company.

 Rectangular tri-fold masks suffered the same fate - 9.4 million masks were offered at 25 cents each, with immediate delivery by Glenmedical Supply Inc., which would have represented an outlay of $2.4 million.

But it was decided to pay 39 cents for each one, according to Meditech International, after a price adjustment. The purchase would be  $3.7 million.

1,350 000  KN95 masks without visor were purchased, at a rate of 46 cents each. The disbursement will be $621,000.

The purchases of gowns, coveralls, and masks –with prices above their competitors– were made in a matter of days from Meditech International, for $61.3 million. The purchases represent more than 85% of the allocation of funds to the CSS to combat Covid-19.

Glenmedical Supply Inc., filed an administrative complaint on August 19, after having advanced the delivery of 135,000 masks, requested with "urgency" by the CSS. The complaint is because the contract was awarded to Meditech International, despite the fact that, supposedly, they were promised the formalization of a purchase order.

The company criticized that, “with public funds”, the Government is willing to pay more for an input, “which goes against the interests of the State and its taxpayers, who are the ones who contribute those monies, administered by public servants ”. The company requested an investigation.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/health-workers-lack-supplies-as-government-grossly-overcharged

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OPINION: The arrogance of Panama's government purchasers

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Posted 14/09/2020

The respect that the authorities should feel for the citizens is totally non-existent in the current circumstances. As if it were a state secret, the Social Security Fund refuses to provide information on the purchases of medical supplies for the pandemic that it carries out with other officials of the ministries of the Presidency and of Health, scoffing with derision and unconcern at the Transparency law.

Their spokesmen say that they do it with transparency, in a twisted interpretation of the current legislation on this matter. They do it with the assurance that there will be no consequences.

Behind this veil of secrecy, they try to hide the shameful negotiated onerous purchases, in which the State, once again, is ripped off without any scruples. The arrogance of our rulers is only comparable to the volume of money they manage to make by taking material advantage of the disease and deaths caused by the pandemic. Simply put: absolute inhumanity. LA PRENSA, Sep. 14

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-the-arrogance-of-panamaamp039s-government-purchasers-1

 

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Beware fake news and conspiracy theories in vaccine search

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Posted 14/09/2020

Don’t believe everything you hear or see on the internet about vaccination but read articles from good sources says  Digna Wong, coordinator of the Center for Clinical Research and Translational Medicine of the Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services and member of tPanama’s Covid-19.  Vaccine Research Consortium

She clarified that the vaccine against  COVID-19  that is being investigated is not based on live attenuated viruses and it is not possible that it causes the disease "There are endless falsehoods," about vaccination against coronavirus. Among the most frequent is that it produces genetic modifications and that the vaccine that we will use in the clinical trial can cause Covid-19 disease. Other hoaxes are that vaccines contain microchips to control people's movements or that they have toxic metals.

In Panama, the phase 2 clinical trial of the German CureVac vaccine should begin in the next few days and then the vaccine from the Chinese biotechnology company Clover.

The first vaccine in history was developed by the English doctor Edgard Jenner in 1796 to combat smallpox, and since then the use of these biological products has prevented between 2 and 3 million deaths a  year, according to the  WHO.

Despite the scientific consensus on their effectiveness and rigor in their development, vaccines have not stopped having detractors, even in times of pandemic.

Currently,  two phase 2 studies and one phase 3 study are finalized and will be part of other worldwide clinical studies of vaccines against Covid-19. The first clinical trial, which will start in Panama in the next few days, is with the German CureVac vaccine. 

In order to obtain new drugs and vaccines, it is necessary to complete all the development phases, both preclinical and clinical phases, without exceptions. From these studies, it is required that the scientific evidence generated in all phases, , be published and allow the evaluation of safety and efficacy data by scientific groups and independent evaluation committees, guaranteeing the maximum profit and minimum foreseeable risk. It is very important to highlight the role that local and international regulatory authorities also play in the development of all clinical trials.

Most of the studies that have been evaluated consider the administration of two doses of vaccine, which are applied in a certain period of time. are followed for safety and adverse events.

The vaccines that are being developed internationally are designed with a global perspective. They are multicenter trials, in which volunteers from various countries are included. Panama's participation in vaccine research studies is key, since it offers us safety and immunogenicity data in our population, to be sure that its behavior is similar to other parts of the world.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/beware-fake-news-and-conspiracy-theories-in-vaccine-search

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Draconian  rule by decree still facing constitutional challenges

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Posted 14/09/2020

Panama’s controversial rule by decree era imposing curfews and lockdowns and preventing couples from visiting a supermarket or drugstore together ended on Monday, September  14.

It had been in force since March !7 and in that time , the National Police arrested 74,005.peole  for violations of the executive decree to "maximize sanitary measures for the mitigation of Covid-19. ”.

The curfew has been modified several times, but as of Monday, the last change comes into force. The daily curfew period, which had already been reduced to  from  7:00 pm to 5:00 am, will now be from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am

In addition, the mobility restriction by gender is lifted, rendering  the thousands of valid safe-conducts null and void

The highest number of detentions was between March 18 and May 31when39,936 people were referred to justices of the peace a time that coincided with citizen complaints that the government subsidies were not reaching all sectors on time.

During the six months that the restrictions have been in effect, citizen complaints against the Police, in charge of enforcing the norm, have not stopped: from police abuse to turning a blind eye to powerful violators.

The Supreme Court has at least seven legal recourses against the constitutionality of  the decrees issued by the Executive.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/draconian-rule-by-decree-still-facing-constitutional-challenges

 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (September 16,  2020)   

    

Location: Panama   

    

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights   

    

The Embassy has identified two upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.   

   

The upcoming humanitarian flights are:  

  

  • September 18 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:25 a.m.  

  • September 25 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:25 a.m.  

  

Copa Airlines also confirmed that they will offer seats on multiple flights that transit through Panama as part of Panama’s new “Humanitarian Hub”.  Please check directly with Copa for these flight itineraries and availability.   

  

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Copa or United. Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations. Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings.  

  

The Embassy shares information on all confirmed humanitarian flights, but flight reservations and operations are controlled by the airlines themselves.  The Embassy is not involved in flight scheduling.  Due to the frequently-changing travel environment as a result of COVID-19, planned flights may be changed or cancelled.  In such cases, passengers should follow-up directly with the airline to rebook.  

      

The Embassy encourages U.S. citizens who need assistance getting to their scheduled flight to email the Embassy at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.  If you need a salvoconducto, send us your flight confirmation and explain why you will need the salvoconducto.  You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight.  Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.    

    

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.   

   

Assistance:      

    

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama    

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue    

Clayton, Panama    

+507 317-5000    

Panama-ACS@state.gov     

https://pa.usembassy.gov/     

    

State Department – Consular Affairs    

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444     

    

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.     

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Testing brings Panama nearer control of Covid-19

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Posted 16/09/2020

The positivity rate from COsVID-19 has fallen below  15% for the first time in six-months reports the Ministry of Health.

On September 15, Panama registered  9,850 confirmed cases, after a total of 66,919 tests applied, which gives a percentage of confirmed cases of 14.72%.

Specialists say that  Panama is entering the phase of overcoming the peak of the pandemic, and the figures for this month reveal that the virus is being controlled.

The first month of the pandemic, ended with 17.01% positivity, then in April it was 22.48%, May registered 18.74%, June 33.31%, July 34.38% and August 24.94%.

Yesterday in the weekly report, the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, highlighted that since last June 7, 10,000 tests per week have been exceeded and that since August 16, the number of tests a week has passed 25,000.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/testing-brings-panama-nearer-control-of-covid-19

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Panama internists knock touted virus treatments

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Posted 17/09/2020

The Panamanian Society of Internal Medicine has again expressed its concern about the promotion and dissemination of treatments like some of those touted by US President  Donald Trump to combat the Covid-19 virus and that it is incorrect to claim that it has an impact on the mortality of patients, especially without scientific support.

In a statement to the public on  Thursday. September 17 the union of internists warns that they see with concern that interventions such as hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, chlorine dioxide or vitamin supplements as treatments for Covid-19 become widespread.

It added that these interventions have not been shown to modify the evolution of the infection and that it is incorrect to state that they have an impact on the mortality of patients. They emphasize that assertions of this kind are not supported by scientific evidence.

"As internists, we want there to be an effective treatment for Covid-19, but these therapies must be tested in comparative clinical studies that can show that they are effective and safe before being able to recommend them to citizens," the statement highlighted.

The internists reiterate that the only safe measure to change the course of the crisis is to comply with preventive measures such as social distancing, use of masks, hand washing and use of face shield s, among other actions.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-internists-knock-touted-virus-treatments

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Restaurants prepare for Sep 28 reopening

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Posted 17/09/2020

After nearly 7 months of partial or total closure and others totally closed, on September 28, some 575 restaurants belonging to the Panama Restaurant Association (ARAP) , will be able to reopen on September 28 depending on their financial status and their ability to ensure the health security of their clients and workers.

 ARAP) President  Domingo de Obaldía, told TVN.2 on Thursday .com that 70% of the restaurants that operate in the capital are ready to serve their diners, according to the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

Clients will be met at the door where their temperature will be taken and they will be taken to their table. All tables will be two meters apart. and partitioned by screens, to keep the distance between diners. Clients should wear a mask until their food reaches the table.

 "There is no limit to the number of tables that an establishment may have, so long as they are of two meters apart ," said de Obaldía.  People should wear a mask until their food reaches the table

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/restaurants-prepare-for-sep-28-reopening

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding humanitarian flights.

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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (September 18, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (September 18,  2020)   

    

Location: Panama   

    

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights   

    

The Embassy has identified one upcoming humanitarian flight with seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.   

   

The upcoming humanitarian flights are:  

  

  • September 25 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:25 a.m.  

  

Copa Airlines also confirmed that they will offer seats on multiple flights that transit through Panama as part of Panama’s new “Humanitarian Hub”.  Please check directly with Copa for these flight itineraries and availability.   

  

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Copa or United. Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations. Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings.  

  

The Embassy shares information on all confirmed humanitarian flights, but flight reservations and operations are controlled by the airlines themselves.  The Embassy is not involved in flight scheduling.  Due to the frequently-changing travel environment as a result of COVID-19, planned flights may be changed or cancelled.  In such cases, passengers should follow-up directly with the airline to rebook.  

      

The Embassy encourages U.S. citizens who need assistance getting to their scheduled flight to email the Embassy at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.  If you need a salvoconducto, send us your flight confirmation and explain why you will need the salvoconducto.  You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight.  Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.    

    

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.   

   

Assistance:      

    

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama    

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue    

Clayton, Panama    

+507 317-5000    

    

State Department – Consular Affairs    

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444     

    

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.     

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Panama in  pandemic slow down phase

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Posted 18/09/2020

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reports a "deceleration phase" of coronavirus infections in Psnama.

So far in September a daily average of 674 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 has been reported , when compared to August, when there were 940 a day.

However, PAHO stressed that in the face of this new scenario, the country faces the challenge of continuing to lower the speed of infection and continue with stable public health indicators, as it has been so far.

According to PAHO, although there is evidence of a slowdown phase and the first peek of the pandemic has been left behind, it is facing the challenge of continuing to lower the speed of infection and continue with stable public health indicators,

Given this, PAHO considers that the commitment of the Panamanian population is required to maintain physical distancing and strictly comply with biosecurity measures at all levels: individual, family, companies and the community.

This must go in parallel with the actions and work that the Ministry of Health (Minsa) has been developing , through its 15 regional agencies and its traceability teams, to detect and isolate cases early through the massive application of tests. , and follow up on positive Covid-19 cases and their contacts.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-in-pandemic-slow-down-phase

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Venezuelan  flights snafu leaves 452 stranded at Tocumen

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Posted 19/09/2020

Over 450 Venezuelans who were to board three flights of the country’s state-owned airline, Conviasa to their home country on the weekend were left stranded at Tocumen airport.

The destinations of tourists trapped by the pandemic, or workers whose jobs have disappeared in the economic crisis, were  Caracas, Valencia and Maracaibo.

Elvis Gutiérrez, one of the spokesmen for the group who want to return home, said they were informed that the flights will be rescheduled for the next few days. The time and date of the trips is not yet certain.

Oswaldo Velásquez, an official of the Venezuelan embassy informed them on the night of Friday, September 18, that the delay was for "operational reasons."

Gutiérrez commented that the passengers are required to have a swab test and to pay the departure $70 departure tax

Panama’s Foreign Ministry press team said that the Government only coordinates the flights to bring home Panamanians who were abroad.

Meanwhile, Panamanians who were booked on in-bound flights are stuck in Venezuela

Panama has closed international flights since March 23 but allows Tocumen to function as a humanitarian flight hub and for passenger transit.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/venezuelan-flights-snafu-leaves-452-stranded-at-tocumen

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Coronavirus infections  total 104,879

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Posted 19/09/2020

The Ministry of Health announced  741 new coronavirus cases  and 16 deaths on Friday, September. The infections to date total 104,879 with 2,229 deaths.

Active cases total 23,557. In-home isolation, 22,676 people are reported, of which 22,179 are at home and 497 in hotels. There are 881 hospitalized and 725 of them are in the ward and 156 in the ICU.

To date, 422,352 tests have been applied with a 13.6%. positivity rate.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/coronavirus-infections-total-104879

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Moderator comment: Minsa statistics by province as of September 19th, 2020, taken from the Minsa Twitter account.

 

 

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Expired ID and resident  cards validity extended to Jan 31

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Posted 20/09/2020

The Electoral Tribunal (TE) has extended - until January 31, 2021 - the validity of all personal identity cards including permanent resident cards for foreigners living in the country. that are expired or expire before that date.

The called on banks and institutions that request the identity card to carry out a procedure to accept the document, even if it is expired or about to expire until January 31, 2021.

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/expired-id-and-resident-cards-validity-extended-to-jan-31

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Cédulas vencidas en medio de covid-19 tendrán validez hasta enero de 2021

Los interesados pueden consultar el estatus de su proceso a través de sitio web

Por Mileika Lasso

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La vigencia la extienden a enero de 2021 y quienes tienen la cédula en tramite pueden consultar virtualmente.Archivo | La Estrella de Panamá

El Tribunal Electoral (TE) reiteró este domingo que prorrogó, hasta el 31 de enero de 2021, la vigencia de todas las cédulas de identidad personal que se encuentren vencidas o expiren antes de dicha fecha, así como la de la cédula juvenil y los carnés de residente permanente para extranjeros que habitan en el país.

La extensión busca mitigar la propagación de covid-19, preservando la salud de la población panameña.

A través del comunicado de prensa, la entidad recordó que según el Decreto 30 del 29 de julio de 2020, que lleva la firma de los tres magistrados del pleno, la prórroga es sin perjuicio de que los interesados puedan utilizar la aplicación en línea para comparecer personalmente a las oficinas del TE a renovar su documento o tramitarlo por primera vez.

El TE hizo un llamado a las entidades bancarias e instituciones que solicitan la cédula de identidad personal para realizar un trámite, a que acepten el documento, aunque esté vencido o próximo a vencer hasta el 31 de enero de 2021.

La institución reafirmó a la ciudadanía que tiene a su disposición plataformas tecnológicas para el seguimiento de los trámites de cedulación efectuados.

Los interesados en conocer el avance de la solicitud del documento de identidad personal, pueden acceder a los sitios web del Tribuna Electoral para: saber dónde se encuentra su cédula, para conocer el recorrido del duplicado de cédula (mayoría de edad y juvenil) y para realizar citas de cedulación (solo en la sede de Ancón).

La entidad también recordó a los ciudadanos que el costo por un duplicado por primera vez es de $15. De la segunda vez en adelante, por el duplicado se debe pagar la suma de $25. En el caso del duplicado de las cédulas juveniles, el monto es de $4 y el costo de los carnés de residente es de $50.

 

Moderator comment: Below is an unedited automated translation of the above news article.

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Cédulas expired in the middle of covid-19 will be valid until January 2021

Interested parties can check the status of their process through the website

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The validity is extended to January 2021 and those who have the ID in process can consult virtually.Archive | The Panama Star

The Electoral Tribunal (TE) reiterated this Sunday that it extended, until January 31, 2021, the validity of all personal identity cards that are expired or expire before that date, as well as that of the juvenile identity card and cards of permanent resident for foreigners living in the country.

The extension seeks to mitigate the spread of covid-19, preserving the health of the Panamanian population.

Through the press release, the entity recalled that according to Decree 30 of July 29, 2020, which bears the signature of the three magistrates of the plenary session, the extension is without prejudice to the fact that the interested parties can use the online application to appear personally to the TE offices to renew your document or process it for the first time.

The TE made a call to the banks and institutions that request the personal identity card to carry out a procedure, to accept the document, even if it is expired or about to expire until January 31, 2021.

The institution reaffirmed to the public that it has technological platforms at its disposal to monitor the identification procedures carried out.

Those interested in knowing the progress of the application for the personal identity document, can access the Electoral Tribune websites to: know where their identity card is located, to know the route of the duplicate identity card (age of majority and juvenile) and to make identification appointments (only at the Ancón headquarters).

The entity also reminded citizens that the cost for a duplicate for the first time is $ 15. From the second time on, the duplicate must be paid the sum of $ 25. In the case of duplicate juvenile cards, the amount is $ 4 and the cost of the resident cards is $ 50.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200920/cedulas-vencidas-medio-covid-19-tendran-validez-enero-2021

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